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now, we're counting down to tonight's presidential debate. mitt romney's motorcade just pulled up at the debate hall. president obama's expected to arrive in denver any minute as well. we'll be talking with top supporters of each candidate. the former new york city mayor rudy giuliani, he'll join us live this hour. also we'll be hearing from both candidates' wives in special cnn interviews. today, by the way, is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. so what's it like spending the night with the romneys? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> 34 days from the presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls m
presidential. i believe it's all about mitt romney. we know the president's skills at debating and talking. he's better off with a teleprompter but he's still a glib guy with a lot of substance. but what we don't know is how good mitt is. he was good against primary opponents. but this is the president of the united states and he has to make his case effectively without being too strident and basically presidential. bill: you said voters have to say maybe. >> today the election would be won by obama in a close election. but we have to shift voters to say i'll give this guy another look. i'm not going to cast my vote tomorrow. i'll look at other two debates and move forward. if he doesn't do well tonight. many of these absentee ballots will be cast and it may be too late to turn around. bill: the viewership actually went higher as the debates went along in debate number two and three. what is a win for president obama on that stage? >> that he comes off with people saying the same thing about him. i have got to give the guy a break, he inherited tough times. he has not been a bad president. he'
romney needs to show he's presidential. people want a change. the people knows it's off track. if you have to list out what he needs to accomplish tonight, he needs to show he's presidential. what ronald reagan did with jimmy carter, he stood occupy the stage and you saw the two gentlemen side by side and you recognized, i think this person could be the president. maybe he should be the president. i don't think mitt romney has to, quote/unquote, win this debate. he just needs to show he's presidential, show he's compassionate and i think that will shine through tonight. >> i think what you're laying out is a bunch of contradictions. have you to be aggressive but also presidential. have you to be humble but make sure that everyone can understand the respect for your -- i mean, that is a huge challenge. >> i think mitt romney has a tight rope to walk. i would ask the congressman, how do you do it? we know this, one of the major currencies in this debate is likability. winning these bates has lost, impacted presidential elections, nixon or al gore. what those candidates lost on is likabi
. >> president barack obama and governor mitt romney preparing to face off in their first presidential debate. >> and here in denver, the candidates know what happens on this debate stage certainly could help sway the election. >> a president struggling with a slow economy, hoping to boost confidence in his leadership. >> i'm not fighting to create democratic and republican jobs, i'm fighting to create american jobs. >> a challenger fighting in the poll es trying to connect with average americans. after months of attacks on the campaign trial, it's time for these candidates to confront each other face to face. >> we will win this election, we will finish what we started! >> i will do better than this president has done for the american people! >> in colorado tonight, barack obama and mitt romney in their first presidential date. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward. >> what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> two men with different vision on issues voters care about most.
. it is a reminder that we've never seen governor romney in a one-on-one presidential debate and it's been four years since president obama had that experience against john mccain. so they're making sure everybody will be comfortable in the hall. the candidates do their own walk-throughs tomorrow to get comfortable with thatstage. but they're doing their final debate preps and the campaign staffs are conducting their pre-debate ritual, wolffe. >> and as they go through this, they actually do, you know, actual 90-minute or so q&a sessions, real debates, they got people pretending to be others, but they actually work through what's going on. >> reporter: they do. and both of the candidates have said that they're being grilled pretty hard in these debate sessions. senator john kerry, democrat of massachusetts, he's standing in for governor romney. senator rob portman, republican of ohio who's done this for years on the republican side, he's standing in for president obama. and both president obama and romney say they're getting roughed up. the president took a break, he had a campaign event out in nevad
the first presidential debate. mitt romney is already here. president obama will touch down this hour. >> i'm crystal ball. vice president joe biden doesn't debate until next week, but
presidential debate. mitt romney is already here. president obama will touch down this hour. >> i'm crystal ball. vice p
until president obama and mitt romney meet here for first presidential debate. it will actually only be the fourth time the two men have met face to face. this debate could be a game changer. >>> standing up to a bully, a tv anchor takes on a viewer who called her fat. see what she's saying this morning. >>> another drama filled day for american airlines. why the embattled carrier was forced to make not one, but two emergency landings. >>> from the queen of talk to a country princess, we'll tell you which hollywood ladies bring in the big bucks. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us this morning. all is quiet. the first presidential debate is set to take place in just about 11 hours. you know, looks almost serene here, but you can still -- you can see all the work that went into setting the stage for tonight's debate. when it comes to the things we remember most about these debates, it is all about the tiny little details. little things like remember ron paul's oversized suits or michele bachmann's military style dress
the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. there's a lot on the line for both candidates, of course. but for mitt romney, the stakes appear to be huge. "the washington post" reporting, "republican strategists fretting over obama's recent rise said the debates could be the last best chance for romney to deliver a decisive blow. change the narrative, steady his campaign." here to talk about that, a former political director to president george w. bush. also a romney supporter. matt, good afternoon to you, sir. >> great to be with you. >> is this the last best chance for governor romney? true or false? what do you think? >> i guess kind of true. it's a great opportunity. i think it's a big mistake for candidates, especially when they're running for president, to put all the marbles in a debate. because really what you want to do in a debate, is first of all, you don't want to be swinging so much for the fences that you make a lot of errors. i worked for president george w. bush, as you said, and in his first debate in 2004, a lot of people felt like he gave a subpar performance. and th
. >> he told bloom beg news it was more important to him that mitt romney win the presidential election than the jets have a winning season. the team went 8-8 last year and is 2-2 so far. >> john: i come from new york. the jets aren't going to have a winning season and mitt romney isn't going to be president. let me ask you a question, dan when you're reading the headlines, is it distracting to read a name like woody johnson? >> a little. >> john: you kept your composure. i can think of peter o'toole and woody johnson doubly phallic game. >> go by richard johnson. >> john: if you're a celebrity or a rock singer, you need to shut up about your political opinions but if you're in the nfl, by all means talk about who you want for president. >> maybe mitt romney wasn't bluffing when he said of some his best friends own nfl teams. >> john: he said nascar teams i thought. >> no, he said it about both. >> john: he'll probably buy the show and i will be -- >> the creator of the hit animated comedy family guy has been
. memo wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate -- >> wednesday, president obama and money in the first presidential debate, hosted by jim lehrer from "the newshour." follow our live coverage on c- span radio and online at c- span.org. >> they just tell you the news straight up. there's no ads. that is arguably the biggest reason. i am a firm believer that the c- span video archives are truly a gift to the american people. it is arguably one of the most historical -- i would say one of the most historical archives there are. i primarily watch the "washington journal," the house of representatives proceedings, and c-span2 for the u.s. senate. >> jake young watches c-span. c-span -- created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> 3 political cartoonist presented some of their favorite works over the past year during and even recently hosted by the newseum in washington. they talk about which presidential candidate they would like to draw for the next four years and discuss how the medi
, that was questioning the administration. the other, you have a vice presidential candidate questioning the american people. i think the contrast is obvious. >> one thing we should talk about coming up to tonight's debate is mitt romney's had a lot of practice, he also had awkward moments. take a look. >> 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? i'm running for office for pete's sake, i can't have illegals. i'm mitt romney and yes, wolf, that's also my first name. >> will you follow your father's example? >> maybe. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. you get 30 seconds. this is the way the rules work here is that i get 60 seconds -- >> what the american people want the truth -- >> anderson? >> you say you knew -- would you please wait? are you just going keep talking? >> those debates, the democratic side of things. >> i never debated someone that couldn't remember which agencies they wanted to close. >> that's a good point, but do you think mitt romney has had enough practice and time prepping and probably looking a lot over those tapes, reviewing the sports feed, so to speak, to get ready for tonight? >> he certainly h
for politics. 38 days until election day. four days until the first presidential debate. but these are the numbers that are really bearing down on the gop nominee. these are mitt romney's likability numbers in six key battleground stat states. topping our political headlines, mitt romney going after president obama on foreign policy today. in his weekly podcast, romney said the president is fumbling his response to events in the middle east. >> this week, when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. that casual assessment of shocking events reveals that the president really doesn't understand the gravity of the challenges that we face in the broader middle east. >> meanwhile, the obama campaign is out with a new ad, it takes aim at romney's experience at bain capital, spotlighting workers who said they lost their jobs because governor romney was more concerned about short-term profits than creating jobs. >> people need to know what mitt romney did to miriam, indiana
this is very confusing. is the romney campaign betting they can get through by just confusing the american public into submission? >> alex, if i were the kind of person who got depressed by a lack of specificity and seriousness in presidential politics i would be very depressed. this cycle you can judge? in different ways. the lack of specificity is ghouling for three reasons, two serious guys, two, the country has big challenges and three both campaigns are enunciated this principle on big important serious things, rather than have the candidate be specific at all about what they do, they say really it's better for the public to have this the rashed out with congress after i'm elected. the president says the same thing about social security reform. i find it unorthodox and maybe i need to cover a few more to cover the romney campaign, a major float of a proposal in a local television interview the day or two before the debate. seems like the $17,000 cap -- >> bucket. >> is actually, i think, an interesting idea, but it's not one that governor romney is apparently actually proposing and no
candidate appear more presidential? >> this is the ultimate test. whether mitt romney is standing next to president obama can convince the american people that they can envision him as president, and this is a delicate balancing act. it really affects how much candidates go on offense versus defense. the key is to be what might be called respectfully aggressive. to walk that line with -- when you are trying to attack and make a point that you don't overreach. that's the key question of the american people's mind. can this man, mitt romney, be president? how does he stand up next to a president on the stage? of course, president obama has a natural advantage in this because he is not running for president. he is president. >> all right. >> it is the key criteria, and campaigns shouldn't lose sight of that. >> we know this is a debates that revolves around domestic policy here. the other question is will mitt romney actually try to bring up libya into the debate because they've been so critical on the president? they think perhaps this is a weakness. >> it absolutely is. polls show it. w
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